2012 London Paralympics Opening Ceremony Highlights (Photos)
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2012 London Paralympics Opening Ceremony Highlights (Photos)

London : United Kingdom | Aug 30, 2012 at 3:55 AM PDT
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London boasts another amazing ceremony featuring brave and bold atheletes. The paralympics show was a spectacular one with Professor Stephen Hawking having motor neurone disease, taking to the centre stage.

He was followed by Team GB's 300 paralympians who rolled in though their wheelchairs.

Spotlights filled the stadium as a large scale reproduction of Marc Quinn's celebrated sculpture of pregnant disabled woman Alison Lapper took to the centre stage while the cauldron burned bright.

The night of celebration and a journey through science ended with all 3,250 volunteer performers together for the grand finale where singers Beverley Knight, Lizzie Emeh and Caroline Parker belted out I Am What I Am.

Artistic director Bradley Hemmings said the ceremony was 'extremely spectacular and like nothing you have seen in previous ceremonies'

A billion people from all around the world watched the lovely ceremony. A record 4,200 paralympians from 166 nations took part in it and more than 2.4 million tickets were sold.

Ziya Azazi dances among flames during the opening ceremony while Sir Ian McKellen acted scenes from Shakespeare's The Tempest in the role of Prospero. Hundreds of performers holding umbrellas formed a ring around the middle of the olympic stadium as the ceremony got into full swing which surely was a stunning site.

The Queen praised the 'uplifting spirit' of the Paralympic Games tonight as she officially declared the Games open. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also present at the splendid event.

Members of the Royal family were joined by Prime Minister David Cameron, London Mayor Boris Johnson and London 2012 chief Lord Coe .

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